All members of Council shall have been residents and qualified electors of the Municipality continuously for at least two (2) years prior to their election and shall continue to be residents and qualified electors thereof throughout their respective terms of office. Except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by ordinance enacted thereunder, a member of Council shall not hold any incompatible public office but may be a notary public, a member of the State or National Guard or of a reserve component of the United States, or may occupy an office held by virtue of such member being a member of Council. Any member of Council who shall cease to possess or who violates any of the qualifications herein provided shall immediately forfeit the office but failure to maintain such qualifications shall not render void or ineffective any action of Council in which such member has participated. The Council shall be the judge of the election and the qualifications, as set forth herein, of its members. (Amended November 5, 1996.)